Dallas teen who was mistakenly deported to Colombia returns to the US

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In a horrifying story that shows just has broken our immigration system is, a 15 year old from Dallas was discovered in Colombia this week after having been mistakenly deported in April 2011. She had been missing from her grandmother’s home since the fall of 2010.

News 8 learned that Jakadrien somehow ended up in Houston, where she was arrested by Houston police for theft. She gave Houston police a fake name. When police in Houston ran that name, it belonged to a 22-year-old illegal immigrant from Colombia, who had warrants for her arrest.

So ICE officials stepped in.

News 8 has learned ICE took the girl’s fingerprints, but somehow didn’t confirm her identity and deported her to Colombia, where the Colombian government gave her a work card and released her.

“She talked about how they had her working in this big house cleaning all day, and how tired she was,” Turner said.

Through her granddaughter’s Facebook messages, Turner says she tracked Jakadrian down.

Now CNN has reported that Jakadrien left Colombia for the United States this morning. I can only imagine how many more horrific mistakes have been made by our immigration system that will never make national news.

In related but more positive immigration news, the Obama Administration is set to announce new rules today allowing some undocumented immigrants to stay in the US while applying for a green card.

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